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Saturday 20 January 2018

Connacht targeting first Scottish double since 2002

Pat Lam will be hoping to end Connacht's six game run without a win over Glasgow. Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Pat Lam will be hoping to end Connacht's six game run without a win over Glasgow. Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

John Fallon

Connacht will this evening try to complete a double in Scotland for only the second time since the league started 13 years ago.

But a draw should not be ruled out at Scotstoun between two sides who have both won their opening three games, given that there have been more draws between Connacht and Glasgow than any other two sides in the league.

The pair have ended all square on three occasions, although all three draws have been in the Sportsground - and all have been in February! They tied 28-28 in 2004, 19-19 in 2010 and 13-13 in February 2012.

Connacht's 14-13 victory over Edinburgh at Murrayfield a couple of weeks ago sets up the prospect of winning twice in the same season in Scotland. The last time that happened was in the 2003/04 season when a 30-19 win over Glasgow in Hughenden was backed up with a 32-17 win over Edinburgh at Meadowbank.

Connacht's only other away win against Glasgow came in September 2010 when they defeated the Warriors 19-17 at Firhill, but they went down 24-19 to Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

Glasgow hold the edge over Connacht in this fixture. They have met 24 times with Glasgow winning 14 to Connacht's seven, along with those three draws in Galway.

Connacht have not defeated Glasgow in their last six encounters, with the last win coming at the Sportsground in February 2011 when they won 37-8, the only season they have done the home-and-away double over the Glaswegians.

That is Connacht's biggest win ever over Glasgow.

Connacht's biggest loss to Glasgow was a 35-0 defeat at Hughenden in December 2004, having beaten them 31-15 at the Sportsground three months earlier.

That defeat in Hughenden was the only time either of these teams have failed to score against each other.

In November 2006, Connacht scored 34 points away from home against Glasgow - but still lost by five points. In December 2001, in their first meeting, a league quarter-final at the Sportsground, Connacht scored 29 points but again lost by five.

They have met four times in the final game of the season and have clashed only once on the opening weekend.

Irish Independent

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